Definition of quince in US English:



  • 1A hard, acid pear-shaped fruit used in preserves or as flavoring.

    • ‘Favorite sweet treats include Masas surfidas, the term given to many varieties of pastries, and pasta frola, a pastry cake spread with quince preserves, and varieties of fresh fruit, such as grapes and citrus fruits.’
    • ‘Other fruits and vegetables coming through the laboratory with diseases included figs, pears, quinces, raspberries, nectarines, cherries, onions, lettuces, corn, mung beans and pumpkins.’
    • ‘We had a generous plate of properly chambréd farmhouse cheese, which included Gubeen, St Agur and a hard sheep's cheese served with quince jelly, grapes and figs.’
    • ‘The quince has vanished from our kitchens, which is a pity - preserved and spiced quinces taste delicious with cold pork or turkey.’
    • ‘It centers on a central ingredient such as eggplant, okra, spinach, quince, celery, or a myriad of other possibilities.’
    • ‘Thinly sliced Spanish chorizo was our favorite accompaniment, but the cheese's acidity also makes it a good match for quince paste or dried fruit.’
    • ‘An uncomplicated salad of arugula and manchego shimmers in its piquant quince dressing.’
    • ‘Fruits such as apples, apricots, quinces, figs, pears, cherries, berries, and grapes grew in orchards or the river valleys.’
    • ‘Arrange the diced quinces in the bottom of each gratin dish.’
    • ‘Once removed from the heat, as the syrup cooled, the pectin in the fruit encouraged the liquid to be transformed into a lovely quince jelly riddled with dark and aromatic vanilla seeds.’
    • ‘The jam should be high-fruit, low-sugar, and compatible with apple, ie, blackberry or quince rather than raspberry or strawberry.’
    • ‘Stilton and pears is another classic combination, as is manchego cheese with slices of quince jelly.’
    • ‘Seasonal fruits such as sour cherries, plums, quinces, and grapes are made into thick jam, which is traditionally served to visitors and eaten from a glass jar with a spoon.’
    • ‘Montenebro goat's cheese, valdeon blue cheese along with semi-hard and hard mahon and manchegowere classically served with membrillo, or quince jelly.’
    • ‘The fruit is sweet enough to eat fresh, though the texture is a lot like other quinces.’
    • ‘The cheese trolley is filled with Portuguese goat and sheep cheeses, to be eaten with a traditional slice of quince paste.’
    • ‘Place the quince slices as well as the peels and cores into a large sauce pan.’
    • ‘This one was served in a small shot glass: a layer of quince compote and a layer of lemon jelly, topped with quince syrup.’
    • ‘In Italy, from early times, mustard came to be used to flavour mostarda di frutta, a fruit relish made from quinces or grapes.’
    • ‘You can serve them with apple or quince compôte, with cream cheese and raisins, or with yoghurt and honey instead - but just remember that it's Pancake Day, not Wild Experiments With Batter Day.’
  • 2The shrub or small tree that bears the quince fruit, native to western Asia.

    Cydonia oblonga, family Rosaceae

    • ‘Wall shrubs including pyracantha or ornamental quince can be trained and get less out of control than some vigorous climbers.’
    • ‘Fireblight is a bacterial disease that most commonly attacks apple and crabapple trees, but it also can bother cotoneaster, hawthorn, mountain ash, pear, pyracantha, quince, and service berry.’
    • ‘Important orchard fruits besides olives are oranges and lemons, quinces, figs, cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, pears, apples, almonds, and walnuts.’
    • ‘You are supposed to be able to throw your hat through the middle of a quince tree without obstruction!’
    • ‘Honeysuckle and quince have nectar rich flowers and fruits follow.’
    • ‘The gold lasted for barely a year but in the meantime numerous trees were planted in the area: wild acacia, teak, olive, tambotie, beech, ebony, seringa, mimosa and quince.’
    • ‘The quince is native to the Caucasus, where wild, bent little trees still grow on the hillsides, but it spread quickly throughout the ancient world, being taken up by the Persians, the Greeks and, of course, the Romans.’
    • ‘In the back are pots containing a fruit paradise of quinces, medlars, lemons, pomegranates, citrons, even a limequat that apparently makes a mean marmalade.’
    • ‘There were mangoes and cherries and quinces and apples and apricots and almonds, and beyond the orchards there were thickets of tamarisk and casuarina as well as groves of mulberry trees belonging to the silk farmers.’
    • ‘The film shows the same patience as the artist, carefully and without comment depicting his step-by-step preparations and techniques as he tries to capture the quince tree and the light shooting through its leaves.’
    • ‘Flowering quince is Chaenomeles, that dense, thorny, spring-blooming shrub that comes in all those incomparably rich and tarty hot colors.’
    • ‘Time to bearing in years typically ranges from two to five for apples and apricots, three to four for peaches, four to six for pears and plums, five to six for quince, and five to seven for sweet cherries.’
    • ‘There are no native American quinces but the quince was still at the height of its popularity when Europeans began to settle in America, and immigrants soon began to grow the fruit.’
    • ‘Formal beds, divided by paths, probably contained a mixture of fragrant herbs, flowers including honeysuckle and rose, and fruit trees such as mulberry and quince.’
    • ‘There were medlars, and apples, and quinces, and cherries, and I think many more that I could not name by their bark or tiny fruit.’
    1. 2.1
      another term for japonica


Middle English (originally a collective plural): from Old French cooin, from Latin (malum) cotoneum, variant of (malum) cydonium ‘apple of Cydonia (= Chania, in Crete)’.